Attorney General Marty Jackley continues to target transgender South Dakotans with his participation on their dime in a multi-state lawsuit against the Obama Administration’s directive that schools not bully transgender kids with paranoid potty rules. A.G. Jackley appears to have pressured the Sioux Falls City Council not to complicate his litigation with its own LGBTQ anti-discrimination rules:
City Councilor Christine Erickson made a motion to withdraw the proposals at the request of City Attorney David Pfeifle, who originally pitched the changes earlier this year but reversed course last week, citing conversations with Attorney General Marty Jackley.
…Pfeifle cited South Dakota’s probable involvement in a multi-state lawsuit against the federal government over its interpretation that Title IV laws guarantee transgender students the right to use the bathroom of their choice, whether based on their biological sex or gender identity [Joe Sneve, “Council Retreats from Anti-Discrimination Updates,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2016.06.15].
The Sioux Falls City Council seems to know a thing or two about being chicken:
It is somewhat unprecedented for a city to be a trailblazer on an issue like this and usually we look for the state’s direction and also the federal government’s when it comes to an issue of this magnitude. And so we’re really looking for that direction from the state and making sure we are working together as a whole with the state… [Sioux Falls city councillor and former Republican legislator Christine Erickson, quoted in Levi Gutz, “Sioux Falls Tables LGBTQ Ordinance,” SDPB Radio, 2016.06.15].
South Dakota pursues an agenda of regressive discrimination, and our biggest city, which prides itself on leading South Dakota in economic development and quality of life, lets Marty Jackley and the Religious Right set its agenda on equality and justice.